Gidley Smashes Infineon Raceway Track Record Driving Muscle Milk LMP1 Car
November 27, 2007 (Sonoma, CA) -- Memo Gidley added another impressive stat to his already stellar resume by unofficially smashing both the outright and current track lap record at Infineon raceway last Tuesday in the Muscle Milk Lola/AER LMP1 car.
The current track record for the 12 turn, 2.53 mile course was set by Andy Wallace in qualifying for the 2005 ALMS weekend at a 1:21.68. On the prior and slightly shorter configuration, Alan McNish held the record for the fastest lap ever recorded at Infineon Raceway at 1:20.60.
Memo's unofficial lap of 1:20.12 was set at the end of the day after the Cytosport team had been working on cold tire set ups for most of the day.
"That lap was impressive and ranks up there as one of the most fun laps in a race car that I have ever done," said an excited Gidley. "The Muscle Milk Car was working so well making the G-loads through braking and cornering really eye opening... it was amazing how aggressive I could drive the car and how well our Dunlop tires were sticking!"
The Infineon Raceway track is known as one of the most challenging and unforgiving tracks in the country because of its never ending series of corners and blind elevation changes making car placement very difficult. The track requires an aggressive precision that has historically been known to take its toll on machinery in its long history of being open since 1968.
"Infineon is the kind of track where you really have to drive aggressively and with all the blind corners, trust your instinct," said Gidley. "I have driven everything from Formula Ford to a Toyota Atlantic Car with the occasional vintage car thrown in too. But I have to say, I really felt like an astronaut blasting into outer space driving that Muscle Milk car around Infineon Raceway... it was that exciting!"
Although not a full time driver for the team, Memo was asked to be part of the first of pre-season testing of the Cytosport Team in preparation for the 2008 ALMS season. Gidley, who has raced and won in everything from karts to Champ Cars, is a long-time member of the Cytosport roster of supported top athletes that ranges from football legend Jerry Rice to X-Games star Kody Wright.
Team Cytosport owner and regular driver Greg Pickett was also present in the test and spent much of the day doing cold tire runs. Along with his podiums in the 2007 ALMS Series, Greg has raced in the Trans-Am series for nearly 30 years and was the series champion in 1978. Pickett is also the founder of Cytosport, a company on the cutting edge of sports nutrition science, providing a wide range of the highest quality dietary supplements to professional and amateur athletes striving to reach their potential.